The International Brain Injury Association’s Disorders of Consciousness Special Interest Group (IBIA DoC-SIG) is pleased to announce that the IBIA Inaugural World Conference on Disorders of Consciousness will take place virtually in December 9 - 10, 2021. This Conference seeks to promote the rapid dissemination of contemporary scientific studies and expert perspectives relating to the management of patients in experiencing coma, vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, minimally conscious state and other clinical conditions collectively referred to as Disorders of Consciousness (DoC).

About the Conference

The Conference will feature plenary and keynote presentations relating to DoC diagnostics, guideline development, ethical and legal considerations (including end of life decisions) and evidence-based treatment interventions. Experts from around the world have been invited to share their research relating to a gamut of DoC issues, from basic and translational science to multi-modality approaches in patient care. This global event seeks to educate those professionals working with this challenging patient population, advance international research and promote collaboration between those working to improve outcomes for this marginalized population. More information on the program and faculty will be posted on this website shortly

Educational Leadership

Caroline Schnakers, PhD

Nathan Zasler, MD


The registration portal for this Conference will open shortly.

Plenary Speakers

Brian Edlow, USA
Olivia Gosseries, Belgium
Christoph Guger, Austria
Flora Hammond, USA
Matilde Leonardi, Italy

Confirmed Speakers

James L. Bernat, USA

Brian Edlow, USA
Anna Estraneo, Italy
Joseph Fins, USA
Rita Formisano, Italy
Joseph Giacino, USA
Olivia Gosseries, Belgium
Christoph Guger, Austria
Flora Hammond, USA

Daniel Kondziella, Denmark
Jan Lavrijsen, The Netherlands
Matilde Leonardi, Italy
Erika Molteni, UK
Enrique Noe, Spain
Caroline Schnakers, USA
Aurore Thibaut, Belgium
Lynne Turner-Stokes, UK
John Whyte, USA
Nathan Zasler, USA